Today, the Detroit Tigers struggled immensely on the mound and defensively, allowing seven runs to their divisional rival White Sox. Of course, this team never ceases to entertain, so they scored nine runs of their own despite entering the day with the worst team slugging percentage in all of baseball. Tigers win, 9-7.
Surprisingly, this game was not very exciting for the first five innings, so let’s start there. Tyson Ross got the first eight batters out before allowing a single to Ryan Cordell in the third inning, but didn’t get into any legitimate trouble until the fifth inning, when he allowed one run after back-to-back-to-back singles from Tim Anderson, Wellington Castillo, and Yolmer Sanchez.
Ivan Nova, meanwhile, found himself in jam after jam early in this game. In the first inning, Nova got Josh Harrison and Nicholas Castellanos out before allowing a two-out double to Miguel Cabrera (happy birthday, Miguel!). He quickly got his way out of that jam, however, by striking out Niko Goodrum. In the second inning, Nova once again got two quick outs but then allowed a single to Gordon Beckham (who entered the day with zero singles to date this season) and a double to Grayson Greiner to make the game 1-0. In the third, Nova once again allowed a runner to reach scoring position, as Castellanos hit a one out line-drive double, but Nova once again wiggled out of the jam. From there, Gordon Beckham knocked his second single of the season in the fourth and stole second base to set up Grayson Greiner for his second RBI of the day, this time a single.
Now to the good stuff. The sixth inning looked like it would be an easy inning for Tyson Ross: after all, he got two quick outs by striking out Yoan Moncada and making Jose Abreu fly out. Unfortunately for Ross, a Niko Goodrum error at first base extended the inning, and former top prospect Eloy Jimenez promptly proceeded to knock his third career major league home run to give the White Sox a 3-2 lead. The chaos continued from there: Tim Anderson singled then stole second base, making it to third on a throwing error from Grayson Greiner. He then scored due to a third fielding error, this one from Gordon Beckham. 4-2 White Sox. Yolmer Sanchez flew out to end the inning.
Of course, the Tigers fought back in the bottom half of the inning. Niko Goodrum, Jeimer Candelario, and Dustin Peterson teamed up for back-to-back-to-back singles to tie the game 4-4 (Goodrum scored and Candelario advanced to second on a wild pitch by Nova). Unfortunately, Ron Gardenhire left Tyson Ross in one batter too long, as Ryan Cordell untied the game with a solo shot, his third career home run, to start the seventh.
But of course, the Tigers fought back again in the bottom half of the inning. Kelvin Herrera hit JaCoby Jones to start the inning and a Nicholas Castellanos double scored him, with Castellanos making it to third on the throw home. 5-5. Then, a Miguel Cabrera single scored Castellanos. 6-5. From there, Niko Goodrum knocked yet another double (advancing Cabrera to third), Jeimer Candelario was intentionally walked by Herrera, and Peterson hit into a force out that scored another run to give the Tigers a 7-5 lead. Peterson stole second base shortly after for his first career stolen base, but Herrera got Gordon Beckham out to end the inning immediately afterward.
Then it was the White Sox turn. They fought back once again thanks to a Yonder Alonso double and a monster home run from Welington Castillo off of Victor Alcántara— shout out to Grayson Greiner for calling for that slider. Alcántara proceeded to load the bases before he was relieved by Drew VerHagen, who struck out Yoan Moncada in a crucial situation after Moncada worked a full count. Nevertheless, after the top of the eighth inning, the game was knotted up 7-7.
But of course (noticing a pattern?), the Tigers fought back again in the bottom half of the inning! Carson Fulmer entered the game for the White Sox, and Grayson Greiner led off the inning with a single (his third hit of the game), and then JaCoby Jones was hit by a pitch for the third time in two days. Fulmer then proceeded to hit Josh Harrison with a pitch (he must have forgotten Harrison is batting .121 on the season) to load the bases with nobody out. From there, back-to-back sacrifice flies from Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera gave the Tigers a 9-7 lead. From there, Shane Greene entered in the ninth inning and earned his ninth save in nine opportunities after, of course, Niko Goodrum ended the game with a diving basket catch.
So, yeah. That game was a doozy. The wildest thing? The Tigers still didn’t hit a home run despite scoring nine runs and notching 14 hits. They also had four errors in this game. But guess what? They’re back to .500, baby.
Who was the Tigers’ player of the game?
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Grayson Greiner (3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI)
Nicholas Castellanos (3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI)
Miguel Cabrera (2-4, 2 RBI)
Drew VerHagen (one crucial strikeout)